Tarrant County confirms first human case of West Nile in 2014

FORT WORTH (WFAA) -- Tarrant County Public Health confirmed the county's first human case of West Nile virus this season on Monday.

The patient is from Crowley and is suffering from West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, the more severe of the two forms of West Nile virus. No further patient information was released.

Last year, Tarrant County Public Health reported the first human case in the county on May 26. It would be the first of nine cases in the county in 2013, including two deaths.

In July, Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the first two human cases of West Nile virus. Dallas is the only other local county to report human cases this summer.

The DCHHS says you should follow the 4Ds to reduce risk of catching West Nile:

  • DEET : Wear insect repellent containing DEET all day, every day
  • DRESS: Wear long and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  • DRAIN: Don't leave standing water alone around your home
  • DUSK & DAWN: Try to avoid going outside during dusk and dawn hours


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